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A Tale of February

What do Seasons mean to YOU?

Is your art dictated by the seasons?   Let's explore the creative muse.  Being artists or even casual creators we are visual and tactile, therefore our surroundings seem to affect us.  

If I say blue what comes to your mind?  The sky or water or?

If I say winter what do you see in your mind's eye? 





 




When I say apple, do you visualize a red apple, a green apple or apple pie?  

Basic instincts drive our thoughts, we all react differently based on experience.

Your Muse may come from visual images, a word or even a smell.   If you allow those cues to prompt you, your art will be free and flow easily.   

Throw down some paint, then see what hidden images are in the splotches.   A great exercise is to use watercolor with salt.   Put down any colors you want on paper, then sprinkle salt on it. Coarse salt gives a different perspective than fine salt and placing it on wet color versus semi-dry make a big difference. Of course, allow to dry and rub or shake the salt off.  I like to cut these up and use in collage art.


                                  (art by 35 cat ladies) 

Then take a marker or pen and see what images you can find in the paints.  This technique is somewhat like seeing images in clouds!  The paint was freely placed on paper and then images were added with a pen.  Sort of Where's Waldo without Waldo!


   
(art by Artsonia and Tracee Murphy)

The idea is to free up your senses and create what makes you happy.  The only 'pressure' you should feel is your own MUSE. We hope you find materials and inspiration at AlteredPages.com to help make that happen.

Thanks for visiting today.





Comments

  1. I see crunchy apples!!! Then I love a crunchy apple!

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  2. That salt technique is awesome!!!! Going to try that!!!

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